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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment
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Dirk Babendreier Integrated Crop Management Advisor

T: +41 (0)32 421 4885


Rue des Grillons 1 CH-2800 Delémont, Switzerland


MSc in Biology

I am an experienced researcher who has worked on biologically based integrated pest management (IPM) of agricultural insect pests (including non-target risk assessments) for more than 20 years. This has included experimental and field work, management of international projects and supervision of international students.

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Improving the livelihoods of smallholder maize farmers around the Mekong

After rice, maize is the most important crop in the Mekong Delta. Insects including the Asian corn borer are a major threat to production. Fear of crop losses, together with a lack of alternative measures, can result in overuse of pesticides – posing health risks to farmers, consumers and the agro-ecosystem....
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Increasing rice production around the Mekong

Rice is the most important crop in southwestern China, Laos and Myanmar. Despite recent improvements, productivity is still low with millions of tons lost to pests, diseases and weeds. Intensive pesticide use has led to insecticide resistance, outbreaks of secondary pests and damage to farmers’ health. This...
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Partnerships for improving fruit production in DPR Korea

Despite advances in agriculture in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea), a shortage of fresh produce undermines the population’s nutritional status. Fruit is grown on large state farms and cooperative farms, but pests and diseases reduce yields and quality. CABI is working with key...
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Improving knowledge and understanding of beetle biodiversity in Laos

Global biodiversity is receiving increased attention as it becomes more and more threatened because of the growing human population and development. Beetles or coleopteran are no exception and CABI is running this project to increase knowledge and understanding of their biodiversity in Laos.